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Going into the season, few people knew what to expect from P.J Tucker. After a short stint in the NBA with the Raptors several years ago, Tucker played on various teams in Israel, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Greece.
Now, considering the fact that Tucker is making less than $1 million this season, it is impossible to say that the Suns made the wrong move given his production.
Tucker played 79 games this season and started 45, with averages of 6.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Those numbers aren't amazing, but Tucker contributes on the court in a number of ways.
First of all, he is a lockdown defender. We're talking about a guy who held Kobe Bryant to four points on one-of-eight shooting. He is athletic, he has a huge wingspan and most importantly, he hustles more than anyone else on the court. There is a reason Tucker has the second-most offensive rebounds on the roster despite being 6'5".
And Tucker may not score often, but he is an efficient shooter. He shoots 47 percent from the field and a solid 31 percent from downtown. He can't be relied on as a consistent scoring option, but he is great in the fast break and certainly doesn't hurt the team offensively.
The Suns found a gem in P.J Tucker. He is only 27 years old, and yet, with his great determination and work ethic, he is probably the best "veteran" for the younger players on that team.